Willis North America, the retail brokerage business unit of Willis Group, has appointed Sharon Edwards as its new CFO, who previously served as chief administrative officer.

In this role, Edwards will be responsible for all aspects of Willis North America’s finance functions, including transactional accounting, financial planning and analysis, reporting, and the financial operations of each region within North America.

She will be reporting to Michael Neborak, CFO of Willis Group.

Edwards joined Willis in 1991 and has extensive financial and operational expertise. In 2009, she was appointed chief administrative officer, Willis North America, where she was responsible for sales operations, field operations, and financial process improvement.

Prior to that, she served in a variety of leadership roles including, director of financial operations, North American controller, and regional finance officer for Willis’ Midwest Region.

Willis North America chairman and CEO Vic Krauze said Sharon is a valuable member of our leadership team and brings deep skills to this role.

"She played a key role following Willis’ acquisition of Hilb, Rogal and Hobbs in 2008, where she led the integration of Willis North America’s financial and accounting operations. With her help, Willis North America will continue to grow and further build its strong financial structure," Krauze said.